The Meatpacking District (officially known as Gansevoort Market) is an enclave in the West Village that runs roughly from West 14th Street south to Gansevoort Street, and from the Hudson River east to Hudson Street; though recently the terrain is considered to have extended north to West 16th Street and east beyond Hudson Street.


While blood-stained aprons were once the fashion trend, today the area is among New York’s hippest neighborhoods with chic restaurants, exclusive clubs and high-end boutiques. By day, the Meatpacking District has kept its blue-collar edge thanks to the many wholesale meat companies that still operate in and occupy the warehouses; but by night, it is transformed to accommodate the elite happening crowd.

In the Meatpacking District you’re likely to find meat of the celebrity kind at swanky places like Soho House, Spice Market, Pastis and Hotel Gansevoort. Other attractions include art galleries, high-end furniture stores, pricey hairdressers and exciting nightlife, all intertwined with warehouses and century- old cobblestone streets.


In 1900, Gansevoort Market was home to 250 slaughterhouses and packing plants, but by the 1980s it was known as a center for drug dealing and prostitution. This sparsely-populated industrial area also became the focus of the city’s burgeoning gay BDSM subculture. Over a dozen sex clubs flourished in the area. Starting in the late 1990s, the Meatpacking District went through a transformation. High-end boutiques catering to young professionals and hipsters opened, including Diane von Furstenberg, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Theory, Ed Hardy, Puma, Moschino, ADAM by Adam Lippes, Jeffrey New York, the Apple Store; as did restaurants like Pastis and Buddha Bar; and nightclubs such as Tenjune, One, G-Spa, Cielo, APT, Level V, and Kiss and Fly. In 2004, New York magazine called the Meatpacking District “New York’s most fashionable neighborhood.”

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